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March 12, 2014

Tribe soccer wins; now huge Bulldogs fans

HAMSHIRE — It may feel strange, but the District 38-4A boys soccer standings has created a united Mid-County cheering section this Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

 Port Neches-Groves and Nederland fans will root for the Bulldogs when they will entertain Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

 LC-M would win the district Friday by defeating Nederland but a Nederland win would set up a Tuesday night game with title implications at stake for both Mid-County teams when Nederland will play at PN-G.

"We certainly will want for Nederland to win that game," Indians soccer coach Chad Luttrull said after his Tribe blanked Hamshire-Fannett 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Sophomore all-state goalkeeper Bryce Meche recorded PN-G's 16th shutout of the season, tying a school record. PN-G dominated shots on goal, 17-3, and knocked home two first-half goals.

 Trey Keyes scored a goal with an assist from Austin Bergeron and Dylan East scored one with an assist from Martin Torres.

 The Indians (18-2-3 and 10-3) have one remaining regular-season game, the Mar. 18 Indian Stadium affair with Nederland (14-3 and 10-2) at 7 p.m.

Memorial boys 5, Sterling 0

As Ricardo Estupinan has adjusted to forward from his old wing position, Port Arthur Memorial has improved and diversified its attack.

Solidly in second place behind Deer Park in the 21-5A boys soccer chase, the Titans roared to a 5-0 halftime lead and defeated the Rangers by that score in Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

"By moving to forward, Ricardo just makes our offense that much better," said Memorial coach Clint Hoverson, who watched his team improve to 10-3-2 and 7-2-1.

Collecting his career's first hat trick (three goals in one game), Estupinan scored with 23:17, 11:36 and three minutes left in the opening half all on unassisted goals. Jorge Morales knocked home the other two with 16:38 and 8:10 remaining in the half. Carlos Delarosa assisted the first of Jorge's two goals.

The Titans dominated shots on goal, 11-4.

Port Arthur visits Beaumont West Brook next Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Sterling girls 4, Memorial 0

 BAYTOWN -- Port Arthur Memorial's defense was fairly competitive in this 21-5A game but the Lady Titans could not generate enough offense in a 4-0 loss at Baytown Sterling.

 Sterling scored twice in each half led by Lady Rangers scoring leader Sebrina Munguia. The loss dropped Port Arthur to 5-10 and 2-8.

 Memorial completes its season on Tuesday at home against Beaumont West Brook at 7 p.m.

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